You will love this super cute turkey to help bring in a spirit of gratitude to your Primary room leading up to Thanksgiving in Singing time and some fun ways to sing ideas to tie in, too.
This Thanksgiving Thankful Turkey printable and lesson plan has each child add something they are thankful for (or fill in as many as they can fit!) as you add them to the turkey to make a whole collection of wonderful blessings your Primary has received.
Thanksgiving Thankful Turkey
Print out your turkey and feathers with enough feathers for each child in your group to have one. You can print the colorful pages or print the black and white copies on colored cardstock.
Cut out the turkey and feathers on cardstock. You can also leave the feathers for the children to cut out, if you prefer.
You might consider laminating the pieces so you can reuse them year after year. Let the children write on the feathers with a wet erase marker and their answers will stay in place until you wipe them with a damp cloth!
How to Play:
Ask the children, what holiday is coming up? (Thanksgiving!)
That’s right – it’s almost Thanksgiving. This holiday is all about remembering and showing gratitude for all the many blessings we have in our life. I want to see things YOU are thankful for!
Pass out a feather to each child, or call up one class at a time to pick a feather and grab a crayon or pen. Have everyone write at least one thing they are thankful for. They can also fill in the feather with as many things they can think of!
Sing through your song of choice. It could be a thankful song or just any song you’d like to review. Roam around the room and tap on a child’s shoulder who is singing well and they get to go up front to tape their feather up on the board!
Make sure you get to everyone in the Primary room so no one feels left out. You can also ask the teachers to pick one child from their class per song to come up and add a feather. This will get you through LOTS of singing repetition with your song(s) of choice.
- Invite 3-4 children to come up front and write a thankful thing on their turkey feather. Then, let them lead the music with a feather (the paper one or a real bird feather).
- Use a side bulletin board in your Primary room or bring in a portable bulletin board. Fill up the bulletin board with your cute turkey and keep adding on feathers week after week!
- Pick one class, for example, and have them fill in a feather and add it to your turkey to add a little thankful over several weeks, then move onto your next activity. It’ll double as cute decoration for your Primary room, too!
- Assign a fun way to sing to a specific color of feather. Draw a feather randomly and have everyone with that color come up front to add their feather! Then, sing through your song with the fun way to sing!
- Red – Sing with your HEART! Sing as beautifully as you can.
- Orange – Sing with a BOUNCE! Jump on keywords.
- Yellow – Sing STACCATO! Sing the words as fast and short as you can.
For another fun similar activity, head over to see this So Thank”Fall” singing time activity!
Printable Song Helps
This free in-post printable includes the half page turkey with a page of red, orange, and yellow feathers.
Join INSTANT Primary Singing for extended printables including a medium and large turkey with larger feather sizes to fit your Primary size. You’ll also find additional colorful feathers and a black and white printable. You’ll find these bonus files included in the November New Testament packet. You can also pick up the files in my shop here.
To access the free in-post printables for this post, you’ll just need to create a free account or login with the Grow.me tool. Then, confirm by email and refresh the page and ALL my free printables will automatically unlock in every post!
For more information on why I use a content lock or how to create your account, you can see the FAQ page here.
For another fun Thanksgiving themed activity, head over to this Thanksgiving Word Search that you can tie into teaching a variety of themed songs!
What other fun ways will you use this singing time activity in your Primary room?